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A Couple Tricks for Finding Items in the Library
When looking for comparative law materials in the library, it is often helpful to browse the following call number ranges on the library shelves:
KD – KDK: United Kingdom
KF: United States
KG: Latin America
KH: South America
KJ – KKZ: Europe
KL – KWX: Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
A complete outline of the call numbers related to law is available from the Library of Congress Web site:
In addition to call numbers, items in the library are assigned "subject headings." Subject headings are used to indicate the specific content of a given item. All items with similar content are assigned the same subject heading. You can easily find related items by searching the library catalog using the relevant subject heading. The following subject headings are commonly assigned to items that discuss comparative law issues:
Major Comparative Law Treatises
The following resources provide an introduction to the field of comparative law and to various legal systems and their structures. Many of these resources include extensive bibliographies that are useful for locating related materials.
The Civil Law Tradition by
Publication Date: 2018-12-11
This book does not describe any specific national legal system. Instead, it offers a general overview of the legal systems of Western Europe and Latin America
An Introduction to Comparative Law, 3rd edition by
Publication Date: 1998
Analyzes various “legal families” of the World including: Romanistic, Germanic, Anglo-American, Nordic, Socialist, Far Eastern, Islamic, and Hindu. This work also includes an extensive analysis of contract law as practiced in the various legal systems.
An Introduction to Foreign Legal Systems by
Publication Date: 1994
Includes chapters on a variety of legal systems including French, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, and African. Also includes a number of helpful bibliographies and research guides.
Legal Traditions of the World: Sustainable Diversity in Law by
Publication Date: 2000
Discusses various legal traditions including Chthonic, Talmudic, Civil, Islamic, Common Law, Hindu, Asian
• Note: This is an earlier edition of the course textbook. The current edition is on order and will be placed on course reserve once it is received.
Major Legal Systems in the World Today by
Publication Date: 1985-01-01
This classic work on comparative law divides legal systems into “families of laws.” Some of those families include: Romano-Germanic, Socialist laws, Common law, and Religious and Traditional laws.